The war was between rival Mafia crime families Vinci and Moretti. When illegal alcohol sales began to decrease in the early 1930s, their revenue began to dry up. This lack of sustainable income caused major conflict as the two groups fought over what little opportunities for making money remained. This struggle for control came to be known as the Vinci-Moretti War.
After two years of conflict the war was brought to an end when one of Moretti's capos, Carlo Falcone, conspired with Vinci family Consigliere Leo Galante to kill Tomaso Moretti. With the assistance of Steve Coyne, the two planted a bomb in Moretti's car, killing him instantly. With Moretti dead, Carlo Falcone took over his operations and founded the Falcone Crime Family out of what remained, bringing an end to the Moretti crime family's thirty year existence.
- Files contained in The Story of Frankie Potts refer to this event as the "War of the Families".